Unformatted text preview: They must “live in concord and harmony, pay respect according to seniority in the sangha , divide all gains and acquisitions equally among the members, and decide all legal cases justly” (Rajavaramuni 32). A monk is dependent on the laity for food and material necessities, making daily interaction between the two groups necessary. For the laity, no special collection of instructions exists as it does for the monastic community; however, the Five Precepts are accepted as basic moral rules, including rules against killing, stealing, sexual misconduct, false speech, and taking intoxicants (Rajavaramuni 34). There is particular emphasis in Buddhist teachings on friendship and association. The monastic and lay groups in society are both expected to keep good relationships with others and between the two groups to ensure social harmony and spiritual encouragement....
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